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This is a long one, buckle up.

I've said this plenty of times in the past, too many to even bother searching it out and linking all the instances here, but I love podcasts. Love, Love, Love.

But, thus far, I only love listening to them as I've never produced one of my own. I have friends who have done podcasts in the past and a few continue to do them to this day (Marty - Banal Leakage; Shiny & Faiqa - Hey, That's My Hummus; and Reuben & Dana - Pop Goulash). But I've personally never pulled the trigger. 

[Ed. Note: Links to a lot of these podcasts are available in the Links section in the top blue menu bar (sandwich menu if you're viewing this on mobile) so I'm not going to re-link here. Other links will be added very soon. I promise!]

New endeavors such as this have always frightened me until I actually hunker down and do it. But I think the primary reasons for not doing it are time, cost, and the fact that my blogging would most likely suffer as I'm sure that most of my podcasting would cover topics that I'd otherwise blog about. Maybe if I had a co-host to bounce topics off of and who would contribute to the process as well and, thus, help save at least a modicum of my sanity in the process...

IMG_5163Anyway, back on topic, I love listening to podcasts and am willing to give a shot to any podcast, within reason, of course. So, what constitutes "within reason"?

Backlog

A lot of podcasts are pretty well established meaning they have a huge backlog of episodes to which I can listen. This is both great and problematic. Great because they exist and, ideally, are still hosted somewhere for the purpose of catching up. Problematic because there can be a ton of them and that is, potentially, a lot of back-listening especially when I already have a lot of regular listens as it stands. 

When this happens, I like to make sure that the backlog of podcasts aren't necessary for the enjoyment of a new listener. This is great for podcasts with mostly standalone episodes such as Banal Leakage, Hey That's My Hummus, Pop Goulash, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Criminal, and Lore. You can just pick up and listen as they, at most, have a two-part story line where you have to catch up on one episode or, better yet, they make only a passing reference to a previous episode and explain it so you don't have to listen or, best-case scenario, they completely encapsulate a podcast as standalone.

If it's a serialized podcast, in that it's a continuous story, there better not be too many of them and I pray they're relatively short in length. This includes current listens like Up and Vanished as well as In the Dark. These focus an entire "season" of podcasts to one on-going investigation.

Thankfully I got into Up and Vanished really early on in its first season and was able to catch up pretty quickly. In the Dark was pretty well done with their season, but, at that time, I was desperate for something new to listen to that was investigative in nature and caught up with a lot of binge listening. Plus, both of these make for very compelling storytelling and it was an easy decision to listen to them all. 

Length

Even more important than a podcast either having encapsulated episodes or storylines that drive me to want to listen to a whole season is the length of the episodes. I have a perfect length that I hold very dear. It falls in the range of 20-50 minutes. I can easily listen to podcasts that fall in this range during a one-way commute to work or during a lunch break or whatnot. Shorter than this range is fine as well.

Longer? That's pushing things a bit. If it's not a regular occurrence, that's fine. I can accept that a singular discussion might need to run long to cover all the information that needs to be shared. But regularly having one hour or longer episodes? That's when I start to worry about continued listening. I hate having to cut off a podcast in the middle because I've arrived at work or I need to end my break. I have to remind myself what I was listening to previously when I pick it back up. That sucks. 

Language

A vast majority of my podcast listening occurs during my daily work commute. I have Nathan in the car with me three out of five days a week so I hate when hosts swear like truckers as I clearly cannot listen with Nathan around. 

Honestly, swearing is fine. I can listen to podcasts with swearing 40% of the time. Just give me warning in advance, okay? The last thing I need is Nathan asking me what "fuck" means.

I'm not saying my opinions should be or are gospel for everyone. Just me. Little ol' me. That's all.

Keep on 'casting, okay?

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